Laparoscopic Duodenal Switch

Key Points

  • Induces malabsorption of nutrients causing rapid weight loss
  • Highest risk/benefit profile
  • Usually performed as a two part staged operation
  • On average, 85% excess weight loss is achievable

The duodenal switch combines a Sleeve with a malabsorptive operation to create massive weight loss. On average, 80% of excess weight can be lost with this operation.

This operation is usually done in staged fashion to lower overall risk in extremely morbid obese patients. A sleeve gastrectomy is performed at the first operation and once the patient loses a significant amount of weight in 3-6 months, the small intestine is rerouted to result in malabsorption of food.

Contact Lee Bariatrics today to learn more about this bariatric surgery option.